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Christian Seely Declares After A Spectacular 2011 Noval Innings..

Christian Seely Declares After A Spectacular 2011 Noval Innings.. | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

I am in the Douro right now, where the weather is fine and sunny and spirits are high. On Monday, the Institute of Masters of Wine organised a fantastic tasting in London of all the declared 2011 Vintage Ports, which confirmed that we have a great Vintage on our hands.

 

At Noval, we have declared the Quinta do Noval Vintage 2011, and also, for the first time since the 2003, the Quinta do Noval Vintage Nacional, which is of course a thrilling event. At Romaneira, we have also declared Quinta da Romaneira Vintage 2011.

 

I was here a couple of weeks ago finalising the blends with António Agrellos, and we took some pictures in the tasting room. As they show, we were feeling rather cheerful about the wines. It is always a great moment when you know that you have an outstanding Port wine that you can declare as a Vintage Port, and at Noval it is a rare and exciting event to be able to declare the Nacional as well. There have been a few blog posts about the Nacional over the past few months, following the big tasting we did in New York, and I also wrote a while ago about the tasting of the Nacional 94 with the Wine Spectator, also in New York. image © AXA Millesimes

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Christie's Douro Map Press Release

GRAHAM'S - FONSECA - TAYLOR'S - NOVAL - NACIONAL  - DOURO

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The Architecture of Hedonism: Port and the Douro Valley | Special Feature | Christie's

The Architecture of Hedonism: Port and the Douro Valley | Special Feature | Christie's | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
English artist and author David Eley explains his love of fine Port wine and why he created The New Illustrated Map of the Douro.
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Vintage Port's Grand Cru Value

Vintage Port's Grand Cru Value | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Quinta do Noval has finally declared its 2011 Vintage Port and Christian Seely CEO of AXA Millesimes and Adrian Bridge CEO of Taylor Fladgate offer their respective opinions on the great value of Vintage Port: "Markets respond to ‘stunning’ 2011 Ports: Port producers are reporting significant demand from markets worldwide in the wake of their superlative-fuelled 2011 vintage declarations"...

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Adrian Bridge makes a splash with Forbes Magazine

Adrian Bridge makes a splash with Forbes Magazine | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
I am back in Porto, my fourth glorious visit in five years: half a decade of understanding the funky wackiness of northern Portuguese food, half a decade of giving myself over entirely to the unusual aesthetic of Port wine.
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The Wine House Hotel

The Wine House Hotel | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
Situated in a quinta (farm) with 20.5 hectares (51 acres) full of vineyards stretching down to the Douro, The Wine House Hotel Quinta da Pacheca is a hotel with an intense soul that...
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Vintage Port : back to the future

Vintage Port : back to the future | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
There are few notable events in life that demand a symbolic purchase. Those looking for a wine with genuine aging potential one should look no further than vintage port.
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Portal Restaurant London

Portal Restaurant London | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

A great place for Portuguese and Douro wines in London: "A modern European restaurant with strong Portuguese, French and Mediterranean influences, Portal reflects the passion of veteran restaurateur and owner, Antonio Correia"...

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La Rosa's Port Wine Fix at Hix

La Rosa's Port Wine Fix at Hix | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Quinta de La Rosa has increased its range of 'Tonnix'wines produced in collaboration with the two great chefs Mark Hix and Mitchell Tonks, not only does Sophia Bergquist offer a first class White Port through Hix, but also Douro Red, White and Rosé wines... available at all Hix restaurants, from Hix Mayfair to Hix Oyster& Fish House in Lyme Regis.. great to see such an original and inspired chef as Mark Hix recognizing the real quality, depth and breadth Douro wines have to offer..

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Quinta da Romaneira

Quinta da Romaneira | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

The massive patamares of Quinta da Romaneira in the Douro valley. An extraordinary estate producing fine red and white wines together with classic Port. Under the direction of Christian Seely this property goes from strength to strength. Website of QUINTA DA ROMANEIRA - Douro Wines, Port Wines and Olive Oil.

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Quinta da Sequeira

Quinta da Sequeira | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Mario Cardoso's Quinta da Sequeira in the Douro Superior:

"Quinta da Sequeira, is a traditional family-owned estate located in Vila Nova de Foz Côa in the Douro Superior Region, founded in 1899 by José Joaquim Costa and his wife Maria José Sequeira.

 

Quinta de Sequeira’s prime location in the Douro Superior is crucial for the superior quality of the grapes. The combination of a schist soil, a very low rainfall and a large thermic range, provides the most intense, rich and concentrated wines"....

 

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CARM: Quinta da Urze

CARM: Quinta da Urze | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

The extraordinarily remote Quinta da Urze in the high Douro Superior, one the great properies belonging to Celso Madeira of CARM. Here you will find ancient olive trees and Eagles soaring on the thermals high above the vines... "CARM - Casa Agrícola Roboredo Madeira, viticultores e olivicultores em Almendra no Douro Superior. Agricultura Biológica. Azeites extra virgens DOP de Quinta. Vinhos DOC Douro de Quinta"....

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Vintage Wine Travel

Vintage Wine Travel | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Vintage Wine Travel with 'Friendship 1' - luxury wine tourism on the mighty River Douro in Northern Portugal, private quinta visits, exclusive winemaker dinners and tutored tastings of both still and Port wines, experiennce the extraordinary beauty of the world's oldest formally demarcated wine region and UNESCO World Heritage Site…como missão a qualidade como excelência. O Douro Vinhateiro e o Romântico Rio Douro como cenário.

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Farr Vintners - 2011 Vintage Port - An Extraordinary Vintage

Farr Vintners - 2011 Vintage Port - An Extraordinary Vintage | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

1955 Dow is amazing tonight. 2011 will be the same....2011 Warre rocks!...buy 2011 VP" James Suckling on Twitter (15/05/13)

 

"I have never been as excited by the launch of a clutch of vintage ports. The quality of the best examples, of which there are many, is outstanding."

Jancis Robinson MW, Financial Times (03/05/13)

 

“I think back to the young vintages I tasted over my more than 30 years as a wine critic and the book I wrote in 1989 called "Vintage Port." The 2011 vintage makes me think of some of the great classics such as 1966 to 1977. Some of the wines below have the green, stemmy edge in flavor with polished yet chewy tannins that great Port blenders always looked for in legendary years such as 1947 and 1927. I can't wait to taste more 2011 in few weeks.” James Suckling (28/04/13)

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Douro Map Launch at Christie's

Douro Map Launch at Christie's | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

 

The New Illustrated Map of the Douro with a Classic Port Wine Collection Taylor’s - Noval - Graham’s - Fonseca 6th June 2013 Christie’s King Street

 

“The first new map for over 160 years is a significant development in the history of the Douro valley” Adrian Bridge CEO Fladgate Partnership

 

“the finished work is clearly a tour de force from serious artist, a beautifully designed window on the Douro valley of today, and a fitting homage to the timeless Forrester work” Rupert Symington joint M.D. Symington Family Estates

 

On the 6th of June 2013 The New Illustrated Map of the Douro by David Eley will be launched in the U.K. at Christie's historic London auction rooms.

 

The Original Map Company - London

Note: image shows a small detail from full size 3 metre map of the Douro Valley and its leading estates. The Douro Map is published in 2 archival limited editions, including a half size 'Collectors Edition'. Details of how to purchase this handsome limited edition may be obtained from The Original Map Company - http://www.theoriginalmapcompany.com or email  info@theoriginalmapcompany.com

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Port and the Douro's future

Port and the Douro's future | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

JANCIS ROBINSON MW: "My enthusiastic account of the recently declared 2011 vintage ports provoked very different responses from the two major players in the international port business. (I have yet, by the way, to taste any 2011 from Quinta do Noval and, like several posters on the port 2011 thread on our forum, look forward to hearing more about their declaration.)

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The Douro in Rio de Janeiro 2013

The Douro Film Harvest Festival in Rio de Janeiro 2013: "Tem um Rio que começa no Douro..."

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Vasco Mourão : Cafeína

Vasco Mourão : Cafeína | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Vasco Mourão's Cafeina is one of the best cosmopolitan and sophisticated dining experiences in Porto, situated in the charming cobbled streets of Foz do Douro, whose boutique lined pavements lead down to the mighty Atlantic Ocean. A unique oasis providing fine gastronomy with a hip and trendy edge.... not to mention some of the very best Portuguese fine wines...

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Vintage Port Back On The Map

Vintage Port Back On The Map | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Jancis Robinson says: "Could 2011 be the vintage to put vintage port back on the fine wine map? I do hope so. I have never been as excited by the launch of a clutch of vintage ports. The quality of the best examples, of which there are many, is outstanding".

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Vintage Wine Travel : All Aboard with Qualimpor !

Vintage Wine Travel : All Aboard with Qualimpor ! | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

The Qualimpor Group (wine Importers) from Brazil cruising the Douro River, from the great Quinta do Crasto all the way upstream, ascending the massive Valeira Dam and on to Pocinho near the Spanish frontier.... looks like everyone had a very good time onboard 'Friendship 1' !!

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Vintage Port deserves more marketing

Vintage Port deserves more marketing | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

"The declaration of a vintage Port needs greater fanfare thinks Matt Douglas, managing director of Stevens Garnier. Speaking of the recently declared 2011 vintage, Douglas (who distributes Sogrape’s Ports such as Sandeman) explained that it was the first time that all of the Port houses had really supported the declaration with tastings and some marketing"...

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Quinta de La Rosa declares 2011

Quinta de La Rosa declares 2011 | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Quinta de la Rosa has added its name to the growing roster of Port houses who have made enthusiastic declarations of the 2011 vintage during the last month.

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Warre's Port

Warre's  Port | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

The characterful dogs at Warre's Quinta do Retiro Antigo in the Rio Torto have a bark which is undoubtedly worse than their bite... I hope !

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Quinta Nova Hotel Rural

Quinta Nova Hotel Rural | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo is located in the sub-region of Cima Corgo, in the Douro Demarcated Region - the birth place of some of the best known wines in the world. The quinta is one of the most beautiful estates in the Douro. In this place the history lies in the terrain, in the aromas and in the knowledge of the men who have kept it alive generation upon generation"

 

"Vale do Douro a não perder!: Quinta de 1764 com excelentes vinhos, um Hotel Rural, uma Wine House na Estação do Pinhão, winetour, provas e gastronomia"...

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Port becomes suddenly hip

Port becomes suddenly hip | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

"Winston Churchill, greatest Englishman of the last millennium (even if mum was American) has been in the news a lot this month in the run-up to and aftermath of, the pomp and circumstance funeral of another UK PM Margaret Thatcher. Winnie has popped up looking mightily pissed off on the new £5 note (and judging by the state of the UK economy, he has reason to be glum) while his eponymous Port is served at London’s trendiest restaurant called Dabbous, whose eponymous chef Olivier also looks distinctly Churchillian in Phil Fisk’s pic in the Observer Food Monthly"

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